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Ka`u, Hawai`i, United States
A locally owned and run community newspaper (www.kaucalendar.com) distributed in print to all Ka`u District residents of Ocean View, Na`alehu, Pahala, Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village and Miloli`i on the Big Island of Hawai`i. This blog is where you can catch up on what's happening daily with our news briefs. This blog is provided by The Ka`u Calendar Newspaper (kaucalendar.com), Pahala Plantation Cottages (pahalaplantationcottages.com), Local Productions, Inc. and the Edmund C. Olson Trust.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ka`u News Briefs Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Guitarist Wailau Ryder, of Washington State, will be coming to Ka`u to participate in Ho`okupu Ka`u Cultural Festival. He is seen here performing with Hula Halau O Leionalani member Jamie Kailiawa at April's Specialty Coffee Association of America convention in Seattle. Photo by Julia Neal
KA`U HIGH & PAHALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL is one of five Big Island schools and one of 55 statewide that have received Excellence in Wellness Awards. The state Departments of Health recognized the schools for achieving scores of 90 percent or more on the second annual Safety & Wellness Survey for the 2012-2013 school year. The Pahala campus' score was 90.9 percent.
Ka`u High & Pahala Elementary School has received an Excellence in Wellness Award.
      Wellness Guidelines are a set of standards for foods and beverages provided to students that include goals for school-based wellness committees, health and physical education and other practices that support student health. All 255 Hawai`i public non-charter schools have been required to meet the Wellness Guidelines since 2011. SAWS is administered annually to school principals.
      “Healthy and physically active students are more likely to be academically motivated, alert and successful,” said Health Director Dr. Linda Rosen. “Schools that follow the Wellness Guidelines provide a healthy foundation for their students to thrive in school and life.”
      “The importance of health and nutrition standards in our schools cannot be overstated,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “Our Wellness Guidelines help students stay healthy and ready to learn.”
      SAWS data for 2013-14 school year is currently being collected. The Wellness Guidelines, SAWS and public reporting of SAWS data fulfills requirements of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
      The report is available at http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/DOE%20Forms/Health%20and%20Nutrition/SAWS2012-13.pdf.
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The third Mars simulation has begun on Mauna Loa. Photo from HI-SEAS
MAUNA LOA IS MARS AGAIN, as Hawai`i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation's six crew members began their eight-month simulated stay on Mars last Wednesday. This is the third and longest mission on Mauna Loa in a quarry at an elevation of 8,000 feet.
      The HI-SEAS Three mission, funded by NASA, will study team cohesion, with researchers gathering data on cognitive, social and emotional factors that may impact team performance.
      Mission commander is Martha Lenio. Additional crew members are Allen Mirkadyrov, Jocelyn Dunn, Zak Wilson and University of Hawai`i-Hilo graduates Neil Scheibelhut and Sophie Milam.
      See hi-seas.org.
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AFTER FINDING MINIMAL DAMAGE TO FACILITIES, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources is reopening all state parks, state small boat harbors and managed forest areas on all islands today. These state lands were closed on Friday for public safety due to anticipated heavy rains, flooding, high surf and surge related to Hurricane Ana.
      Issuance of all state forest camping and state park camping permits has been restored via the Wiki permit online reservations website at https://camping.ehawaii.gov/camping/welcome.html.
A collapse of Halema`uma`u's wall has widen the crater. Photo from USGS/HVO
      Any persons holding valid permits for state camping areas over the weekend should contact DLNR for refunds.

      The department reminds all swimmers and surfers to avoid murky waters due to potential for shark bite.
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HALEMA`UMA`U CRATER IS NOW LARGER, following a collapse of rock from the wall that occurred Sunday around 1:15 a.m. Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reported that rocks impacting the lava lake triggered an explosion of spatter that fell around Halema`uma`u Overlook, which is within an area closed to the public due to such hazards.
      The scar left by this collapse is visible as the light-colored area marked in the photo.
      See hvo.wr.usgs.gov.
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HAWAI`I COUNTY CIVIL DEFENSE reports that lava has once again begun to advance toward Pahoa. The flow front has advanced approximately 30 yards since yesterday and remains approximately 0.6 miles from the Apa`a Street area near Pahoa Transfer Station. A very narrow finger along the east edge of the front has advanced approximately 125 yards and currently remains behind or in back of the flow front and is moving in a northeast direction.

Margaret Masunaga
HAWAI`I STATE SENATE WILL CONVENE tomorrow at 11 a.m. to open a special session to consider judicial appointments of Margaret K. Masunaga to Hawai`i Island’s District Court of the Third Circuit as well as Jeffrey P. Crabtree and Christine E. Kuriyama to O`ahu’s Circuit Court of the First Circuit. 
      Following the official opening of the special session, the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee will hold decision making on the confirmation and consideration of the appointees at 11:30 a.m. in Room 016 of the Hawai`i State Capitol. Lawmakers today heard from the appointees and those who supported or opposed their appointments.
      On Thursday at 11 a.m., the full Senate will reconvene to vote on the recommendations made by the Judiciary and Labor Committee. Information related to the special session, including testimony and committee reports, can be found online at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/splsession.aspx?year=2014a.
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HAWAI`I GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES discussed the status of Hawai`i Health Systems Corp. during a forum in Hilo earlier this month. HHSC, which runs the state-owned hospital system, is currently under-funded by the Legislature and has sought emergency appropriations.
Ka`u Hospital is an HHSC facility. Photo by Julia Neal
      Independent candidate Mufi Hannemann said he wants to create public-private partnerships. “The model exists, and it exists very well,” he said. He gave an example of the partnership between North Hawai`i Hospital and Queen’s Medical Center.
      Hannemann also said he would be able to work with hospital workers’ unions, some of whose members he said think hospital administrators wages are too high. “We have to look into that,” he said. “We need a governor who can sit at the table, work with the unions.”
      Republican Duke Aiona agreed with Hannemann that HHSC’s situation is a top priority. He said he would “convene a meeting that would result in a solution.” The meeting would include administrators, unions, employees and legislators.
      “Whether it’s a public-private partnership with a local company or a privatization of the system, or whatever it takes so that we can finally put this to rest, that’s what will be done,” Aiona said.
      State Sen. David Ige also focused on union contracts, saying, “I know that a challenge in the hospital system is that under the state process, civil service, one contract applies to all employees, whether they work in a hospital, which is a 24/7 operation, or they work in a standard office.
      “I know that hospitals need a different kind of contract and employees that work in hospitals need to have contracts that are suited to 24/7 operations. I am running for governor because I understand that the governor has to be actively involved in talking with partners, in negotiating with the unions.”
      See bigislandvideonews.com.
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Joshua Kalima Photo from NPS
WALK-IN VOTING FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION begins today at Pahala Community Center and continues weekdays through Friday, Oct. 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

JOSHUA KALIMA SHARES HIS KNOWLEDGE and love of creating lei tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center lanai in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. 
      Free; park entrance fees apply. 

KAMUELA FARMER ANNA PEACH presents The Pumpkin Primer, a program about sustainable farming methods, today at 2:30 p.m. at Na`alehu Public Library and tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. at Pahala Public & School Library. 
      See squashandawe.com.

TODAY’S AFTER DARK IN THE PARK program features Ka`u Learning Academy co-founder Joe Iacuzzo with a talk entitled Thomas Jefferson to Johnson Space Center: America’s Fossil History.
      The free program begins at 7 p.m. at Kilauea Visitor Center in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.
      Park entrance fees apply. $2 donations support park programs.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO TOMORROW’S meeting of Ka`u Chapter of Hawai`i Farmers Union United at Na`alehu Community Center at 5:30 p.m. Guest speaker Tane Datta, of Adaptations, Inc., discusses how to bring produce to market.
      Farmers and backyard growers are invited to bring food to share.
      To join the Farmers Union, call 503-575-9098.

HO`OKUPU HULA NO KA`U CULTURAL FESTIVAL takes place in Pahala on the grounds of the Old Plantation Manager’s House this Friday and Saturday. All entertainment is open to the public with no fees.
      Wailau Ryder, who entertained coffee enthusiasts at Specialty Coffee Association of America’s April convention in Seattle, will be flying in from Washington State for the event.
      For more, see www.hookupukau.com.
      See more on the festival in this week’s Ka`u News Briefs and in this month’s issue of The Ka`u Calendar.

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